Sweet Spirit began as the brainchild of Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen, perhaps best known for their punk outfit A Giant Dog, and this project is the poppier, more melodic yin to that other band’s much rowdier yang. That doesn’t mean Ellis and Cashen have mellowed. Far from it, in fact: Their live shows are raucous affairs that truly live up to the band’s name, and at one point Sweet Spirit had nine members crowding the stage at any given time. Ellis once described the music as “ELO went to a gospel revival,” and there are funk, soul and doo-wop inflections in there to keep you moving.
— Nathan Weinbender